The 1st General Election for the newest AKB48 sister group and the biggest idol group in the Philippines, MNL48, took place on April 28 at Studio 4 and Center Road in ABS-CBN.
It was a momentous event for both MNL48 finalists and fans who gathered in ABS-CBN to witness the announcement of the result of the General Election. A total of 72 finalists took part in the election after three months of hard work and dedication, however only 48 aspirants were declared as the First Generation members while remaining aspirants were announced as Kenkyuusei (Trainees)
The crowned center girl of this year's election was Sheki while rank 2 and 3 went to Abby and Sela followed by Tin at rank 4, Zen at rank 5, Alice at rank 6, and Trixie joined the Kami 7 (rank 1-7) at rank 7.
“Yung una po talaga pumasok sa isip ko is si Lord po talaga kasi po kundi dahil sa kaniya, wala po ako sa kinakatayuan ko po ngayon.” Sheki said when asked what first came into her mind when her name was called as center girl. “Ang mapapayo ko po sainyo, kapag may pangarap po kayo wag kayong susuko. Kung madadapa po kayo ngayon, dadating po yung right time. Kung hindi man po ako ang center girl ngayon, siyempre ipagpapatuloy ko pa rin po yung ginagawa ko, magttry and magttry pa rin po ako and gagawin ko po yung best ko para po mapanatili yung pagiging top ranker sa MNL48,” MNL48 center girl continued.
Alice, who took the 6th spot, proudly expressed her thoughts being part of MNL48 first generation. “Sobrang nagpapasalamat po ako kasi nabuo na ang Kami 7 at Senbatsu. Sobra po kaming nag-work hard to prove our pinay kawaii image to all other sister groups of AKB48 para po mapakita sa other groups na may ibubuga po ang Pilipinas at sobrang talented po naming lahat para po mas makilala tayo”
The ranking of the First Generation members were based from the votes they earned on the MNL48 Plus app during the General Election voting period from April 14 to April 27 until 1PM.
To cap off the historic event, the first generation members were later on presented to the fans for the first time at Center Road with live coverage on MNL48 official Facebook page and YouTube Channel. Each member was given a chance to thank their supporters and answer some of their questions.
"Actually po nung announcement nung Top 16 sobrang saya ko po talaga. Tapos nung rank 17 po ako, still napaka-blessed ko pa rin po. Kahit wala po ako sa Top 16, ako naman po yung center ng Under Girls," Alyssa shared her thoughts being the rank 17
The announcement of Senbatsu (Top 16) was televised live on Its’ Showtime during the MNL48 segment while the reveal of rank 17th to 48th, and Kenkyuusei were aired on MNL48’s Online Update on its official Facebook page and YouTube Channel.
Check out the full results below:
Meanwhile, big opportunities await our MNL48 First Generation members. The group will be performing daily at their very own MNL48 Theater, will have their music recording under Star Music, and international training under AKS, the prestigious talent management of AKB48, and will be the first Filipino endorsers of Tokyo Girls Collection that will soon open in the Philippines.